Louisville’s Rich Baseball History

This past week, as the weather took a turn for the warmer, it reminded me that spring will be upon us in a few short months.  With the entrance of spring comes a re-emergence of a different kind, the start of the baseball season with spring training.  Louisville may not be a spring training site, but in the history of […]

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Found in the stacks: “The Filson Club and It’s Activities 1884-1922”

Here at The Filson, the majority of my day-to-day responsibilities – on paper at least – revolve around increasing membership and growing the annual fund. But while searching through the stacks for a replacement issue of a past copy of Ohio Valley History, I stumbled upon a book that caught my attention. There sitting next to the back issues of […]

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Is it always this hot?

One of the most common expressions heard here in Louisville during the months of July and August is “ugh it’s hot!” This summer has certainly been no exception with frequent heat advisories and warnings. It tends to make you wonder, “Is it always this hot?” I happen to have a slight fascination with weather and when I wanted to know […]

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Whiskey Row Still in Strong ‘Spirits’.

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Developers, preservationists, and many Louisville citizens issued a collective sigh of relief this week upon Mayor Fischer’s announcement that “Whiskey Row” will not be demolished.  Five buildings of this historic block on Main Street, which could have seen seven buildings demolished as early as next week, will now be saved.  Whiskey Row is a beautiful example of […]

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Louisville’s Lost Skyscraper

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Today’s ‘Then & Now’ features the Columbia Building, Louisville’s first skyscraper. Built in 1890, the Columbia Building was originally known as the Commercial Club Building, and for a decade was the tallest building in Louisville’s skyline.  The ten-story building was designed by the Louisville firm Curtin and Campbell as a Richardsonian Romanesque high-rise in the First Chicago […]

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The Secrets of Houses

I recently read a compelling graphic novel, Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. In it, three children are subjected to the trauma of their father’s violent death and journey across the country with their mother to start over with their lives. The destination: their father’s childhood home, Keyhouse, a rambling manse with secrets. If you turn a special key and […]

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The Ferguson Mansion

Whether visiting the Filson Historical Society to do research or just to tour the building, the most frequent remark made by patrons tends to be something along the lines of “wow, you are so lucky to work in such a beautiful place!”  This “beautiful place”, known as the Ferguson Mansion (named for Edwin Hite Ferguson), draws people in with its […]

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THEN AND NOW

Having recently concluded a tour of some of the pioneer stations in Jefferson County, a “then and now” comparison between an early 20th century photo and one taken recently seemed appropriate. Floyd’s Station on the Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek, in present St. Matthews, was established by John Floyd in November of 1779. It is generally acknowledged to be the first […]

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Then and Now

This begins a new feature of The Filson’s Blog. Historical images of buildings or a location from our collection will be juxtaposed with images from that same site today. The site and view might have changed little or it might be entirely different, with a new building, parking lot, etc. now there. Some of the changes might be for the better and in […]

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